AS / A Level Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Options may be available in French, German or Spanish
People who have learned languages are articulate, flexible and adaptable. Employers value their communication skills very highly and, as a result, languages graduates in the UK have the lowest unemployment rate other than medicine and education. Languages are regarded amongst the most academic subjects, so universities as well as employers highly value them. Fluency in a second language can allow you to work or study in a foreign country, during your studies or later in life. In addition, A-Level offers you the chance to find out more about a different culture and society and develops your capacity to see the world through other people’s eyes and understand their point of view. Therefore, in today’s global economy, there has never been a better time to study a second language. You will have the options of French, German or Spanish.
The purpose of studying Languages at A-Level is to develop your skills beyond GCSE so that you can use and understand a much wider range of language, as well as improving your ability to write and speak with greater accuracy and confidence. At advanced level, you learn to expand your language so that you can talk about things that are happening in the world and learn more about life in countries where another language is spoken. Studying a MFL also develops your understanding of how languages, including English, work and improves your attention to detail.
Students can progress to study their chosen language with another subject at university. Careers available using languages include teaching, interpreting and translating, using languages in a sales environment, in international business development or working abroad or in a multinational company.